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Duke Star Freshman R.J. Barrett Announces NBA Draft Decision

RJ Barrett of the Duke Blue Devils.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - JANUARY 12: RJ Barrett #5 of the Duke Blue Devils dribbles with the ball against the Florida State Seminoles during the second half at Donald L. Tucker Center on January 12, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Duke star freshman R.J. Barrett is believed to be one of the top three prospects for the 2019 NBA Draft and the former top recruit made his decision official this morning.

Barrett, who starred at Duke for one season with Zion Williamson, has officially declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.

"I want to thank God, my family, my coaches and everyone that has helped me reach this decision," he wrote.

Barrett shared an announcement video on Twitter:

Barrett, a Canada native, averaged 22.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game for the Blue Devils in 2018-19.

While Zion Williamson got most of the hype (and deservedly so), Barrett put together one of the most-impressive freshman seasons in recent college basketball history, too.

Most NBA Draft projections have Barrett going either No. 2 or No. 3 overall, either right in front of Ja Morant or right behind him, depending on which team gets the second pick.

Williamson, meanwhile, has yet to officially announce his decision, though it's probably coming soon.